Who We Are

The Professional Football Players Mothers Association (a.k.a. PFPMA) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and the official national football players mother's association.  We are comprised of phenomenal mothers, or those who serve that role in a player's life, of active and retired players of the National Football League.  We are here to create a support system and information network for mothers of professional football players by providing a membership association that address the needs and concerns that are specific to the business of professional football.   

PFPMA is an organization that will keep you engaged through educational and empowering resources and programs that provide information to help you navigate the pathways of the business of football and help to build a strong foundation for success. 

Our mission is to serve, support, educate, and strengthen our communities through charitable giving.

The NFL’s powerful sisterhood of moms

The Professional Football Players Mothers Association is a compass that guides through every stage of NFL life

July 20, 2018

arrived in Atlanta last weekend to what felt like unprecedented heat and humidity. Like hunger, you’re not yourself when you’re sweating like a Thanksgiving turkey in a 350-degree oven. While waiting for my shuttle to the hotel, a driver for another hotel shuttle service tried to make small talk. Like Ralphie in A Christmas Story waiting in line for Santa, I had no time for chitchat when all I wanted was for my shuttle to show up and deliver me from the tyranny of this suffocating heat.........

As I sat waiting, I watched the ladies of the Professional Football Players Mothers Association, PFPMA (pronounced Piff-Mah) interact gleefully with one another. I felt like the new cousin at a family reunion. I ran into an older woman who laughed easily. I introduced myself to her. She was Gladys Bettis, and she shared some funny stories about her youngest son, Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis, including the one about her wanting Jerome to become a professional bowler and not a football player.

“I didn’t want him to play,” she said. “I hated that dreaded football. And he was going to be a bowler, a pro bowler. I taught him bowling when he was seven. The Bus was going to be a bowler. Right now he bowls a 300 game at any time. Bowling was a part of our life and I figured that would keep him safe. When he got to be 12, 13, that doggone football came into play.”

Mama Bettis, as she’s affectionately called, also shared that Jerome played with asthma and how her concern for his health made her sit in the parking lot at his high school practices. >>>>Read full article